Can you find the Commonwealth flags?

The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann - the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition.

The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann - the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition.
The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann – the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition – features on the 2014 Somersham Carnival Programme.

If you’re a regular of Parkhall Road, or the High Street, you might begin to notice something unusual happening along there from this Saturday…

Displayed in the windows of various businesses and homes will be the flags of the Commonwealth – all 51 of them – as part of the theme of this year’s Somersham Carnival.

This is all part of our Great Flag Hunt – a competition we’ve launched in collaboration of the kind residents of these two streets where you can win a prize.

To be in with a chance of winning, you just need to tell us where the flags are flying.

All you need to do is download the entry form (below), find the flag, circle either ‘H’ if you’ve found it on the High Street, or ‘P’ if you’ve found it on Parkhall Road. Then write in the building’s street number. Then add your details at the bottom of the sheet and make sure it’s delivered to 51 High Street, Somersham, by 5pm on Friday 20th June.

Download The Great Flag Hunt Entry Form (PDF/330Kb) and set off to find them – can you find all 51?

We’d like to thank all of the homes and businesses who are kindly taking part in this event – and hope you don’t mind seeing people staring at your windows for a few days!

Check out our What’s On section for details of other events during Carnival Week 2014.


2014 Country Craft Competition Categories announced


The categories for this year’s Country Craft Competition have been announced – and they have a Commonwealth themed twist.

Can your chutney woo the judges? Are you a photography aficionado? Are your Roses worthy of a medal? And will your Tin Foil Crown with Jewels look like something from a Tiffany and Co. collection?

Well, now’s the time to start planning what you’ll be making for this year’s Country Craft Competition, which will take place on Sunday 15th June 2014, at The Victory Hall, Somersham.

Here’s this year’s categories:

A: Cookery

  • 1. Any Flatbread
  • 2. Commonwealth Curry
  • 3. Jar of Chutney/Pickles/Sauce
  • 4. Jar of Jam/Marmalade/Curds
  • 5. Chocolate Cake (3 eggs, 7″ tin)
  • 6. Five flag decorated cup cakes (under 16s only)
  • 7. Commonwealth decorated Gingerbread (under 16s only) – download a Gingerbread recipe (PDF/54Kb)
  • 8. Flapjack
  • 9. Fruit Dessert
  • 10. Homebrew (class may be divided if sufficient entries)

B: Floral

  • 11. Three Identical Roses (home grown)
  • 12. Tropical display
  • 13. Fragrant posy
  • 14. Grow your own cress in a Quirky Commonwealth Container (under 16s only)

C: Handicraft

  • 15. Commonwealth Collage
  • 16. Commonwealth themed piece of Art
  • 17. Tribal Headdress or Mask
  • 18. Doll in Handmade National Dress
  • 19. Photograph: Local Architecture
  • 20. Open Class

D: Children (under 16s)

  • 21. Colouring 3-6yrs (picture in programme)
  • 22. Colouring 7-11yrs (picture in programme)
  • 23. Aboriginal painting (any medium)
  • 24. Tin Foil Crown with Jewels
  • 25. Handmade piece of Jewellery
  • 26. Handmade Flag
  • 27. Commonwealth Games Poem
  • 28. Photograph – Fruit Theme
  • 29. Open Class.

Registration of entries takes place between 9:30 and 11:30am on 15th June.

Adult entry fee is 50p per item, and the Child entry fee is 25p per item. You can enter more than one item per category, and you’re welcome to provide a short description of your entry.

Entries to all categories should be recently made items at home or at school/clubs, and not have previously been exhibited at the Carnival. Entry forms can be obtained from the Library, and we’d be grateful if you could complete these before arriving.

Viewing of Exhibits opens at 2pm, with the presentation of prizes at 3:30pm. Door fee is 50p per adult, 25p per child.

Refreshments are kindly provided by Parkhall Playgroup between 2-4pm.

The Country Craft Competition Judges are independent of the Carnival Committee.

The 2014 Somersham Carnival theme is ‘The Commonwealth’

Somersham Carnival 2014 - Commonwealth

Somersham Carnival 2014 - Commonwealth

The Somersham Carnival Committee have announced that the 2014 Somersham Carnival theme is to be ‘The Commonwealth’.

The 2014 Somersham Carnival week runs from 14th until 22nd June, with Carnival Day taking place on Saturday 21st June.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter stream @somersham2014 with hashtag #somershamcarnival2014 and over at our Facebook Page for more info.